Srinagar, May 07: Ramadan is the holiest month for Muslims, it is the ninth month in the lunar calendar and Muslims around the world fast during the daylight hours in this holy month.
Fasting is one of the five pillars of the Islam and there are the verses of the Quran that strictly prescribes the believers for fasting who are mature and healthy enough to do for the full day , this include abstaining from drinking , eating , immoral acts , and anger fasting is an act of the worship , a chance to get close to the Allah , a way to become more compassionate to those in need and despair , fasting is the best way to break bad habits and learn the patience.
Ramadan is also called as the month of the Quran as Muslims believe that the Quran was revealed in the month of the Ramadan and people predominantly recite the holy Quran in this month.
During the holy month of the Ramadan Muslims wake up early in the morning at pre-dawn to eat the Sehri(Suhoor) which is last before they break the fast at dusk with a meal ‘iftaar’ preferable a sip of water and the dates before offering sunset prayers , it is a common that special large iftaar arrangements are made for the poor and needy ones in Masjids.
The special night Ramadan prayers called as “Taraweh” are also held in the masjids after the Ishaa prayers .
The month of the Ramadan is a way to practice self -discipline and sacrifices, as well as reflects upon and show compassion for the poor and less fortunate, it reminds Muslims to be generous and increase the charity as a result during the month of the Ramadan charitable activities are done by the community and donations are given to the needy ones.
Ramadan month lasts for 29-30 days and the EdI- ul-Fitr celebrations mark the end of the m holy month of the Ramadan